Termite Control FAQs
How do I know if I have termites?
Termites typically go unnoticed by the homeowner for several years after a colony has been established. If untreated, it takes three to five years for these colonies to produce the winged swarmers that propagate and establish more damaging colonies. Most building owners don’t know about the termites until they see the winged swarmers and by that time, substantial damage may have occurred. Worse yet, often a colony releases its swarmers outdoors, and these often go completely unnoticed. A typical mature colony of 240,000 termites consumes an average of about 20 grams of wood in a 24 hour period. This converts to about 16 pounds of wood per colony each year! That may not seem like much, but like a cancer that spreads slowly, it’s much better to catch it sooner than later. That is why is highly recommended to have one of Forsyth Exterminating’s termite professionals do regular inspections as part of a preventative maintenance program. Catching the termites early in their invasion means you spend less money and are at lesser risk of incurring any major structural damage. Termites are among the most costly of all insect pests. Subterranean termites alone cause more than 1.5 billion dollars in the United States, annually.
I am seeing foundation dirt tubes the size of a pen and seem to be made out of clay. What are they?
It sounds like termite tubes. If you are seeing termite tubes it is a sure sign that you have termites. Termites forage from their colony in search of cellulose to feed the colony. Termites use these tubes as a pathway from their colony to their food source. The tubes are useful to the termites in three different ways; they travel from the colony to the food source using them as a pathway, they serve to protect termites from invading insects, and they serve as a source of moisture, as termites need a high moisture environment in order to thrive. The best way to correct a termite problem is by contacting a pest control professional such as Forsyth Exterminating. Once the type of termites is identified, our team can recommend the most effective source of treatment- either a liquid termite treatment or a baiting system treatment. Once treated, we offer two types of warranties: Our Retreatment Warranty provides for the re-treatment of the structure in the unlikely event of a termite recurrence. Our Retreatment & Repair Warranty provides for re-treatment of the structure and provides supplemental insurance to cover any damage caused by termites after treatment.
I am allergic to chemicals; can my house be treated for termites, ants, roaches or other insects?
Yes, Forsyth Exterminating’s experts can service your home if you are allergic to chemicals. There are many products available to pest control professionals that are safe to use around people that are sensitive to chemicals. It is even possible to rid your home of unwanted pests without using any chemicals at all! We start by inspecting the home and identifying the target pest, locating harborage areas and points of entry. In many cases, our trained professionals can correct harborage areas, seal points of entry, and service the exterior of your home without having to apply any products inside your home at all. There are also products available to pest control professionals that virtually have no odor or hazard to humans, therefore we could service your home without your presence. You would never be aware that your home was serviced, with the exception that you would not have ants, roaches, spiders, bugs, or other pests to contend with!
What does a termite treatment entail?
A termite treatment entails applying a liquid termiticide to the soil around the foundation of your home. Because termites are subterranean and live under ground, the treatment is targeted at applying those products that eliminate termite activity below the surface of the ground around the perimeter of the structure’s foundation. This is done by opening a small 6”x4” trench at the foundation, applying the liquid, and re-covering the trench.
Is the treatment toxic for pets or animals?
No! All of our products are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and have minimal to no impact on the environment. As a precaution, we do ask that all pets are kept inside or on a leash during the treatment, but as soon as the treatment is completed, your pets are free to walk outside as usual. Our products won’t even harm the smallest of animals such as lizzards or frogs!
How long does the treatment last?
Because our products are environmentally compatible, that means that they don’t remain active for long periods of time and are designed to break down over time. The average residual life of a soil termiticide is 5-7 years.
Why do you need termite protection?
Your treatment will provide a proactive solution to eliminating termite activity around your home. In addition, in the unlikely event that you do have termite activity in your home (for example, if they tunnel from underneath your home in a crack in the slab), you are covered. The treatment includes a $1,000,000 damage policy for your home, so we are 100% responsible for any termite damage done to your home as long as you are under coverage with our company.